By Lisa Karon Richardson
The Brits are having quite the year. Not only is it the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, but they are also hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. Being both an anglophile and an Olympics geek I am loving it.
The events kicked off Friday night with an opening ceremony that really showcased the British personality. I LOVED that they included humor. I've never seen that done in an opening ceremony before. But from the Queen's spectacular arrival at the stadium via a parachute jump from a helicopter, to Mr. Bean's memorable participation in the London Symphony Orchestra's performance of Chariots of Fire, the classic British sense of humor was definitely on display. The drama of England's transformation from agrarian to industrial society had an almost steampunk flavor to it. Director Danny Boyle then captured the move to a digital world through the music of the last four decades. And of course, what bibliophile wouldn't love the tribute to great British literature. It was definitely a smaller production than the Beijing olympics. But I thoroughly enjoyed the London opening ceremony.
The games themselves are always full of memorable moments. Triumphs and tragedies, victories and defeats. American Kim Rhode has captured her 5th medal in a row, taking gold in skeet shooting. She shot 99/100, the highest score in Olympic history. But who could help feeling for Michael Phelps after his disappointing 4th place finish in the mens 400m while at the same time celebrating with Ryan Lochte. And our women's synchronized divers took silver, the first medal for an American diver since Australia. But then favorite in women's gymnastics, Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world champ, failed to qualify for the individual competitions.
Do you love the Olympics? What did you think of the opening ceremony and the games so far?
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her first novella, Impressed by Love, part of the Colonial Courtships collection, is coming in October, 2012 followed shortly thereafter by The Magistrate’s Folly in November.